‘Your Freedom or My Freedom?’ ‘Your Freedom or My Freedom?’    |   By Mieke Bleeker
  After a harrowing journey, the Pilgrims had finally reached the Promised Land and found their freedom. But what about the freedom of the people who were already there? Land for grabs The New England coast might have appeared abandoned at first. Earlier European visitors transmitted numerous diseases that ravaged the Native American communities. Between […]
July 29, 2020

‘Do I Stay or Do I Go?’ ‘Do I Stay or Do I Go?’    |   By Mieke Bleeker
Even though the Pilgrims believed strongly in God’s providence, this question must have weighed heavy on their minds. What would it be like on the other side of the ocean? Would they survive the crossing? Could they afford it? In the end, only about fifty of the three hundred people who made up the Pilgrim […]
July 22, 2020

“Can I Be Who I Am?” “Can I Be Who I Am?”    |   By Mieke Bleeker
  Can I be who I am? It’s one of the questions the exhibition Pilgrims to America – And the Limits of Freedom presents to its visitors. If we could ask the strict, Puritan religious community in England in 1608 which we now know as the Pilgrim Fathers, they would probably have answered with a […]
July 15, 2020